Stephanie Banister calls Islam a country, immediately compared to Sarah Palin

STEPHANIE Banister, the One Nation candidate widely ridiculed for her comments about Islam
during a television interview, is now being compared to one-time US vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Banister has been held up to ridicule after her comments on Channel 7 earlier this week.

"I don't oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia," the 27-year-old mother-of-two said.
The candidate for the Queensland seat of Rankin went on to use the word "haram" as a catch-all for every other Islamic term besides "haram," claim Jews follow Jesus Christ, and wrongly assert that kosher food doesn't carry a tax where as "haram" food does (in fact, both do).
Palin suffered similarly after a TV interview went horribly wrong during the 2008 presidential campaign.

One Nation candidate Stephanie Banister probably wished this interview didn't happen. Seven News
Banister's performance drew immediate comparisons.

Palin, who bombed out in the 2008 poll which delivered Barack Obama the presidency, was plucked from the obscurity of governing Alaska to run with John McCain.
The self-described "hockey mom" was riding high until a disastrous TV interview with Katie Couric.
She was ridiculed for not being able to name a newspaper she read, stating that Alaska's proximity to Russia made her an expert on foreign policy and for her response to the Bush government's bailout of financial institutions.
The fallout was immediate. Critics called the interview a "train wreck" and Palin was lampooned by many comics for her stumbling answers. The interview was blamed for a plunge in McCain's polling numbers.

Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric

Banister's reaction to the umbrage which followed her interview this week was predictable ... she blamed the media.
She said her words were "twisted" and taken out of context, making her out to be "a stand-up criminal and a stupid moron."
Coincidentally, Palin also blamed the media for the reaction to her Couric interview.
"The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed. It's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you're going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go on to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you'll get clobbered for that too.''
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